Holland Hayford
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Holland Hayford

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Autism +

Hello! I am a clinical psychologist licensed in Florida and through PSYPACT. I completed my doctoral degree in school psychology at the University of South Florida. I have experience evaluating and supporting autistic adults and their families. More than anything, I want to empower my clients and make them feel secure in who they are! Learning about autism should be a validating and enlightening experience, and I strive to make it that way.

What motivated you to specialize in working with autistic adults?

I have been working with the autistic community since 2015. Throughout my years of experience, I have noticed a gap in affirming supports for autistic individuals- particularly autistic adults. This need has pushed me to dive headfirst into the community and learn more about their wants, needs, and viewpoints. I want to continue growing with the autistic community and supporting them however I can.

How do you bring a strengths-based, affirming approach to your client work?

My primary goal is to make sure the client feels heard and understood. I take a collaborative problem-solving approach that puts us together on the same team working towards the client's goals. In evaluations, I make sure the client understands each piece of the assessment, and regardless of my diagnoses, I always give thorough recommendations for home, school, work, and mental health. I want my client to feel confident in themselves and comfortable advocating for what they want!

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PhD in School Psychology from University of South Florida
Writing creatively, baking, and spending time with my 5 cats.